Review : Cross (The Formicary #2) by S.E. Harmon

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I thought getting shot, losing my memory, and being hunted by people I didn’t know for reasons I couldn’t remember was rock bottom. Turns out I was wrong. I found a shovel, dug a little deeper, and found a whole new sublevel of suck.

Apparently, I took something from the Formicary that doesn’t belong to me. The boss, Petar Dobroslav, is willing to do just about anything to get it back. Making an enemy of a super-secret organization of assassins might seem like a bad idea and…well, it absolutely is.

To be honest, it was inevitable that Grayson Laurie would get dragged into my mess. In my line of work, love is a luxury, a vulnerability I can’t afford. But I couldn’t stay away, and now we’re both paying the price.

But I can fix this. I will fix this. Everyone knows the Formicary is a formidable adversary. It’s time to remind them that so is Christian Cross.

PRETTY BIG SPOILERS IN THE REVIEW BEWARE

Review:

Dear S. E. Harmon,

I already reviewed the first book, “Chrysalis.” This is the second book of the duology and if you start reading here it will not make much sense. Christian Cross is trying to bring down the Formicary led by his grandfather (lovely man that he is) and save himself and his ex-lover Grayson in the process. Once again I want to suggest for readers not to use their brain while reading this book. Seriously, it is a fun fast paced story with the leads which have a lovely chemistry. I enjoyed Christian and Gray’s interactions very much.

“He chuckled. “I’m just saying that you’ve been in my life so long that I don’t know a life without you. And I don’t want to. Even when we weren’t together, I knew you were out there somewhere, and my soul was okay.” I didn’t remember much about that time when I decided to leave Gray for his safety… probably because even my brain didn’t want to relive that kind of misery. But I felt that rightness of his words down in my soul. I might’ve been miserable every day of my life, but if I knew he was okay, then I would be okay, too… at least that was the plan. But then my brain got scrambled, and my heart took the helm and decided the most important thing was to find Gray. And never let him go. Sometimes my heart’s judgment was underrated.”

However everything else for me started falling apart the moment I started thinking about what was going on around them.

Actually, let me talk about the implausibility of certain things in this story, because the author in her note before book two begins pretty much says that (paraphrase) “if you don’t like plot holes this book might not be for you.” And I certainly was and am one of those reviewers who think that this book has a plenty of those (and I still enjoyed it. Not only that, I cared enough to actually purchase the second book. I got the first one on KU).

When I talk about plot holes in the book with fantasy tropes I don’t mean realism. I mean *plausibility*. In other words I don’t need necessarily to see something in this book that can happen in real life, but I need to believe that something *may* happen. I think that it was Josh Lanyon who said at some point (paraphrase) “that if you convince the reader that little things in the story are likely to happen, the reader is more likely to believe in something very improbable.”

I happen to agree with that. I mean, the SFF genre is one of my very favorite ones. Add m/m romance to the mix and execute it well and I will be the happiest reader ever. I love superheroes in my stories if done well, but man if you

, maybe spare some details on that? Or maybe start small and for example don’t tell me that a person who moved in with me in my house

. Just how in the world this can happen unless the house is a humongous mansion and certainly we are dealing with the regular house in this story?

How about explaining why Christian did not want to punch the person who shot him in the head? Oh, I know we get the explanation in this book, but this explanation only works after the certain point in the story happens and not before. Why Christian was not “Violently hostile” to this person in book one I am still not sure to be honest with you.

Again, the story is fast moving and fun. I fully believed that the leads were still in love with each other no matter what happened between them, but I once again suggest leaving your brain at the door before starting to read it.

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Sirius started reading books when she was four and reading and discussing books is still her favorite hobby. One of her very favorite gay romances is Tamara Allen’s Whistling in the Dark. In fact, she loves every book written by Tamara Allen. Amongst her other favorite romance writers are Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Josephine Myles, Taylor V. Donovan and many others. Sirius’ other favorite genres are scifi, mystery and Russian classics. Sirius also loves travelling, watching movies and long slow walks.

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